Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Shibori Dying was such a great class. Taught by Cindy, this was 6 hours of pure fun. We learned many different methods. This included Arashi, Itajemi, Kanoko and Komo. We used this beautiful deep blue dye similar to indigo. These prints were extremely fun to make. There will definitely be more of this fabric dying in my future!
Friday, October 24, 2014
Patty was working towards a landscape above. I was working towards abstraction.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
This is day one of the art retreat spent with one of my favorite fiber artists, Jane Lafazio. These projects take a significant amount of time, so instead of posting just the completed project, I will post the project as I progress through the various stages.
This course was called Free Spirited Free Motion Art Quilting. Fabric, paper and free motion drawing with the sewing machine. What more could you ask for?
Friday, June 13, 2014
I use a variety of screen printing inks and paints. I like the speedball paints. Due to their thickness, they leave a definitive mark.
The found objects are old ribbon spools, thread spools, pool noodle and the top to a small round box! Happy printing.....I will be using these fabric pieces in up coming projects. Relove it!
This ATC was made using some recycled paper towel. I used the paper towel to wipe my water color brush. I also used recycled dictionary text. The image, The Girl With the Pearl Earring has got to be one of my favorite paintings of all time. Considered the Mona Lisa of the north I am just enamored with it.
This uses recycled cardboard as the base. The lace at the top is reclaimed bias tape. It has such a delicate appearance.
This card also features recycled cardboard and bias tape. I love travel and so the suit case suits me perfectly.
This ATC has recycled cardboard and dictionary text. My favorite part of this card is the music notes. There is something so artful in the musical staff.
This ATC was made on recycled cardboard with some recycled scraps of decorative paper that were salvaged prior to being put in the trash. The No. 12 is a rub on transfer. These rub ons add such a great element of text to these ATC cards.
Although I have been away from the blog for a while, I am working on some much more involved projects. Looking forward to a summer full of art.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Here is Sherri our fearless leader and volunteer! She is getting us all set up. Everyone had to bring 30 pages of paper, any kind of paper. There were maps, music sheets, recycled tests, notes, scrap booking paper, and I brought some fabric paper. Can't forget our handmade paper from last week is included too!
Ellen and Jennifer are getting ready to make the signatures.
Stacks and stacks of reloved paper!
My book--love the recycled road atlas! Bound with color string!
My book on the left! Can't wait to decorate this journal for a future post!
Our collective journals!
Monday, May 12, 2014
The Delta College Fiber Arts Club started today and we made paper from recycled paper. Sheri Archer is our mentor and what a blast. Here are some pictures from our paper making!
Carl is to the right. He is getting ready to Mix the Pond. This is a very fun bin of water and ripped/shredded/blended paper scraps in water. Looks like a pond!! Smells like one too!
Sunday, May 4, 2014
To the right is a view of the entire class!
We are off to use the wheel to "throw pots" on tuesday. Can't wait.
Friday, May 2, 2014
My drawing instructor was amazing. He was always able to provide constructive feedback, while finding something positive even in the midst of the biggest mess.
Our final drawing project was really fun. Any subject, any medium, four renditions....
The one to the right with charcoal.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
This project was for my drawing II class. We had to complete an image transfer. This required selecting a photograph. The image is transferred using gel medium. We then altered the image using either additional images, drawing, sketching or painting.
To the right is Kendra's. Kendra did a tribute to Nazi concentration camps. Hers is so amazing. She transferred multiple images and then added her own hand writing from Anne Frank's diary.
Tom's is to the right. He used a photo of cars on an expressway and added the flooded water. I love the fact that he added the fisherman. It is just an interesting juxtaposition.
To the left, Tom did a second transfer of a boat and city on the water. He then added a number of different images.
Friday, March 14, 2014
The painting on the left is done on unstretched canvas. Duck cloth to be precise. I had hoped to actually quilt this painting. This picture was taken on Mackinac Island in August of 2011. I happened to be waiting outside of a store and saw this precious little girl looking at the art. I just had to paint it!